Bone Grafting

Major & Minor Bone Grafting

Missing teeth over a period of time can cause your jaw bone to atrophy, or resorb. This often results in poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for the placement of dental implants as well as long term shifting of remaining teeth and changes to facial structure. Most patients, in these situations, are not candidates for dental implants.

Fortunately, today we have the ability to grow bone where it is needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, but it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.

Major Bone Grafting

Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease, or injuries. The bone is either obtained from a tissue bank or your own bone is taken from the jaw, hip or tibia (below the knee). Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum to protect the bone graft, as well as encourage bone regeneration. This is called guided bone regeneration, or guided tissue regeneration.

Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair defects of the jaws. These defects may arise as a result of traumatic injuries, tumor surgery, or congenital defects. Large defects are repaired using the patient’s own bone. This bone is harvested from a number of different areas depending on the size needed. The skull (cranium), hip (iliac crest), and lateral knee (tibia), are common donor sites. These procedures are routinely performed in an operating room and require a hospital stay.

Cortland Oral Surgery

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Smooth appointment, great service . Procedure was done well.

- H Paul S

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Although my original hesitancy for this dental procedure was due to my initial concern of never having extractions in my life of 87 years ! However, my fears were unfounded! Dr.Sangicamo was very skilled and with great support from his assistant ,was a very tolerant procedure and my recovery is going well.

- Richard H

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This was my 2nd tooth extraction (last one about 10 yrs. ago). I thought that the positive experience then was a fluke, but it wasn't. Believe me, I dread going to the dentist, but he makes the whole experience relatively painless. The worst part is usually the Novocain, but even that wasn't too bad & he removed the remaining pieces of my broken tooth quickly & without pain. Highly recommend!!! (And I wasn't paid to say any of this)

- Denise M

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Excellent experience, staff were all friendly and kind, doctor was efficient but very nice. Minimal discomfort when being blocked and the block worked very well 🙂

- Kathy B

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Everything was great- front staff so friendly and helpful- dentist great! Highly recommend

- Amber V

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In what seems like a world of poor dentists, Dr Sangiacomo is a blessing. He is highly competent. Both my mother and I go to him. We have extremely long tooth roots and my mother has had traumatic experiences at two other offices. I'm very grateful to have found Dr. Sangiacomo.

- Shelly N

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I have PTSD with severe anxiety. I also suffer from depression and am on a fair amount of medications. I was in severe pain from an absessed tooth and the infection was spreading like wildfire. Someone cancelled their appointment and the staff called me right away. They got me through the procedure while helping me to stay as calm as possible. I was a shaking mess. My tremors were uncontrollable at that point, but the nurses worked very hard to help me try to calm down. Then, Dr. Sangiacomo began telling jokes and express his wonderful sense of humor. That REALLY helped to put me at ease. The entire staff understood my situation and helped me through my anxiety attack as well. I would never dream of going anywhere else. Thank you for your support and unmatched level of care. Not sure I would have made it through this with all their help and kindness.

- Lloyd S

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OUTSTANDING!

- samuel f

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Everyone was kind and caring, efficient and professional. They all tried to set me at ease and answered all my questions thoroughly. The booklet on information was well done and helpful to take with me following the procedure.

- Theresa S

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Procedure was ray & well done!

- Sally Y

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Staff is friendly and attentive (and humorous). Am pleased to have been introduced to this office.

- Judith L

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doctor is obviously very experienced and very nice minimal discomfort postop, at least so far friendly doctor and staff

- eric t

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I so appreciate the follow up phone comments from staff and Dr. even though it was a holiday week, The after hours answering service a big A+.

- Kathleen B

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I’m very satisfied with my visit to Cortland Oral Surgery. The staff was very friendly and professional. I liked that I was able to fill out the patient questionnaire online before my visit. I would certainly recommend this practice to others.

- Thomas C

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I had an incision & drainage procedure for a cyst. Everyone I interacted with were very nice and helpful and ready to answer any questions I had. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this office to someone and would definitely go there again myself if I ever need an oral surgeon.

- Julie R

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Maya said staff was funny and helped her stay calm.

- Maya D

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I was really nervous and they went out of their way to make me feel comfortable.

- Theresa R

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Great staff and Dr SanGiacomo is wonderful. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend his services to anyone

- Nancy B

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I am so glad I found Dr. SanGiacomo's practice. The staff is amazingly comforting and helpful and I couldn't be happier with my surgery and overall experience. I will tell anyone I know if need of oral surgery that you're the first practice they should consider. Thanks for your hard work!

- Zachary A

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A very wonderful place!

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